This is I5 in the hills of Merced County. It is steeper north of 152 than here.
The Sierras barely show up on this photo from 1995, during the
which is almost a miracle. They're 150 miles away and a lot of the time
you can't see ten miles away in the summertime.
This is south of 152 in the Springtime. I5 isn't a scenic route in
though it does have a few nice overlooks in the hills, and in the
the hills are green (not for long in most areas, however.)
This is by Billy Wright Road, which does not have access to I5.